Moral distress: the state of the science.

  title={Moral distress: the state of the science.},
  author={Debra R Hanna},
  journal={Research and theory for nursing practice},
  volume={18 1},
  • Debra R Hanna
  • Published 2004 in Research and theory for nursing practice
Moral distress, a complex human experience, has lacked a clear, complete definition. Intuitively, clinicians know that moral distress might be occurring for patients with increasing frequency due to technological advances that alter the natural order of life and death. Yet clinicians have not been able to evaluate the presence or extent of moral distress. To date, moral distress has been investigated mainly as an occupational issue using Jameton's (1984) definition, which has been problematic… CONTINUE READING

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